Work from Home: Do it like a pro and kill burnout
Work from home can be great, but one thing we know for sure, it’s not exactly for everyone.
Even if you, like myself here, have been doing it for ages and actually enjoy its many perks, working from home during a global pandemic can be a whole other story. Especially if you fall into an inadequate pattern.
In a survey of nearly 8,500 people carried out by Keio University in Japan last March, 35% of employees who work from home said it impacted their mental health.
Meanwhile, another survey of 9,000+ people by CNBC and SurveyMonkey found that 48% of employees are currently working from home. Meanwhile, 27% want to continue to work from home and 36% would like to work from home more often going forward.
So what do those people do to make work from home works better for them? Is there a golden recipe we all should follow? — Well, the answer is yes.
In fact, with 80% of our GAT Labs team successfully supporting our customers from home long before it became necessary, you can say we explored every aspect there, from remote work security to combating burnout. Now let us give you our best insight there.
How to make work from home work for you?
Wake up, Freshen up
Make it a rule, never wake up and start working right away in your Pjs!
As tempting as it may feel in the morning, this just might be a huge factor contributing to this ‘’burnout’ feeling.
Our bodies, just like our computers, need to ‘start-up’. This can mean different things to different people. However, you just don’t want to skip that step.
Take a morning shower, change your PJs and slip into something nice & comfy, do some pre-work exercise or even go for a short run.
Physically & Mentally Separate from Work
Separating work life and home life is crucial. Don’t juggle both simultaneously. That doesn’t work.
You need to define your work hours, breaks and make sure you set up your home office away from where you usually spend the rest of your day or sleep.
Otherwise, you’ll feel like you’re constantly at the office, even when you should be taking this time off to just relax and recharge.
Turn that Camera ON
Yeah, we know sometimes you don’t want to 🙈. But guess what? This is often the push you need…
Not only does it motivate you to dress a little bit more professionally, it also helps you communicate better with your colleagues and break that isolation cycle.
Bring Back Team Networking & Happy Hours 🍻
Speaking of isolation, monotony can be one of the easiest traps to fall into. Add to that social distancing and you got the perfect recipe for work from home burnout.
If you’re used to working in an office, one of the first things you’ll notice you miss is the constant interaction with your co-workers. I bet they miss it too.
That’s why team networking initiatives are a great way to keep the team spirit strong as well as makeup for that lost human interaction.
There are many refreshing ways to do it. From virtual Friday happy hours to Bingo time or even simple recurrent team meetings to just catch up on ‘’anything’’ besides work.
Don’t Abuse it
I can’t stress that one enough!
When you’re new to work from home, it’s very easy to start abusing it even without intending to. ‘Abuse’ here means working too little or even too much.
Just because you can work anytime now you might be tempted to catch up on pending tasks more and take less time to actually recharge.
Also, for those who don’t have a defined routine yet, getting distracted with other life-related tasks can be easy and actually make you less productive.
Find the right balance there and maintain it — This will keep you motivated and enable you to maximise your work from home approach and avoid burnout.
Guilty of any of these mistakes? — time to make some changes then 🙌
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Finally, now that you’ve been working from home for a while, how likely will you continue when this crisis is over?
Let us know your thoughts.